Oddly enough, the politicians who most loudly condemn liberal policies as socialist conspiracies are often the ones who try to enact the most repressive tenets of socialism. When it comes to moral ideology, conservatives in this country are even more socialist than liberals. The recent wave of health bills attempting to place limits on a woman’s reproductive freedoms, from proposed mandatory transvaginal ultrasound tests in Virginia to Arizona’s law requiring women to tell their employers that they use birth control, make China’s draconian reproductive policies look humane. As anyone who has lived in a socialist country can testify, the worst thing about socialism is the invasion of privacy, and the best things are governmental policies that benefit everyone, not just the rich and privileged. It is time for conservatives to wise up, and stop badmouthing socialism — because they’re really pointing the finger at themselves.
George Washington was in a jokey mood at the GOP dinner that Rick Perry chose as his Texas homecoming after a disastrous presidential bid. Perry was the keynoter Monday night at the Williamson County Reagan Day dinner in Round Rock. There were shots at Austin, where people tend to vote Democrat. And huzzahs for Williamson County, where people tend to vote Republican. At the head table was a Washington impersonator in white wig and flowing blue military coat, who regaled the crowd of 400 with praise for patriotism and American exceptionalism. Noting his 18th century affinity for tavern humor, he told a joke:
“A Communist, a Muslim and an illegal alien went into a tavern,” he said, pausing a beat. “And the tavern keeper said, ‘What will it be President Obama?’”
Perry had already given his speech and left the stage, but many in the Republican audience laughed.